Serpent OS Hopes To Ship Pre-Alpha ISOs In The Coming Weeks

Written by Michael Larabel in Operating Systems on 1 April 2024 at 06:17 AM EDT. 24 Comments
Ikey Doherty's Serpent OS Linux distribution project is hoping to be able to ship their pre-Alpha ISOs in a matter of weeks as they continue bringing up the initial desktop experience and getting more of their operating system's build tools into good shape.

Doherty published a March 2024 status update to outline recent work on this original Linux distribution. The former Solus Linux founder summed up the latest efforts around Serpent OS as:

- Serpent OS has been working more on getting up their desktop experience including NetworkManager packaged up, Vulkan and Mesa driver support, and other core desktop pieces. GNOME Software and Flatpak are also working as part of this initial "baremetal booting hardware" effort.

- Serpent OS is tracking the work done by System76 on their Rust-written COSMIC desktop and look forward to offering it within Serpent OS.

- Serpent OS hopes to ship a pre-Alpha ISO soon of this Linux distribution.

- The Serpent OS Boulder build tool has seen work to enhance its performance where some cases it's around 50% faster packaging times than previously.

- Boulder's package payloads are now compressed usin multi-threaded Zstd compression.

- Serpent's Moss tool has also seen optimizations, code clean-ups, and other work.

Serpent OS, Ikey screenshot

Serpent OS developers are hoping to be able to publish the pre-Alpha ISOs in "the coming weeks" with more news expected around the end of April. More information over on
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